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Submerged review: stuck in a limo with you and a shock lobster

27 November 2015 8:16 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Weak and leaky horror about awful people trying to save themselves from a sinking motor, lifted only by a giant crustacean

Legendary schlock producer Samuel Z Arkoff confessed that he frequently came up with ideas for posters first, movies second. It is in that context that I can’t get too angry at Submerged, a dense, low-budget genre picture with very few thrills. Its poster image – a hand pressed against the window of a car that’s plunging underwater, with the tagline “You can’t scream and hold your breath at the same time” – is truly a work of brilliance. I can only blame myself for thinking the movie could measure up.

In my head, I’d conjured some gonzo real-time indie spirit experiment, such as Rodrigo Cortés’s Buried, the Ryan Reynolds film set entirely within a coffin. (It works!) If not that, at least a cheeseball flick such »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Robert Redford in 'Truth': First acting Oscar for playing Dan Rather?

25 November 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Screen legend Robert Redford has won two Oscars, but neither were for acting. In 1980 he was awarded Best Director for "Ordinary People," and in 2001 he received an honorary Oscar for his body of work. Despite five decades of film stardom, he's only ever been nominated once for acting ("The Sting," 1973) and he lost that race to Jack Lemmon ("Save the Tiger"). We thought his overdue status might help him snag an Oscar for his performance in the lost-as-sea drama "All is Lost" in 2013, but that didn't pan out as he was snubbed. Will he have better luck for his role as CBS news anchor Dan Rather in "Truth"? -Break- Experts' Oscar predictions update: 'Spotlight' faces threat from fast-rising 'Revenant' There's reason to believe this role might work out better for him at the Oscars. First, "All is Lost" was a tough sit: a single-character drama with virtually no dialogu »

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Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards

21 October 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A bit of breaking news for you folks. It’s been announced that Chris Rock will be the host of the Oscars. Yes, the comedian/actor has been selected to lead the 88th Academy Awards telecast, marking the second time that Rock has been given this prestigious job. Not everyone wants to do it more than once, or accepts it when offered, so this now puts him into a small club of returning hosts. I didn’t include him in my recent speculation about how could get the gig, so it just goes to show how unpredictable things can be. It’s his job now, so let’s discuss that for a little bit… First up, for comparison’s sake, here’s the other folks who are in Rock’s club of hosting the Academy Awards at least twice: Bob Hope (19 times) Billy Crystal (9 times) Johnny Carson (5 times) Whoopi Goldberg »

- Joey Magidson

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Watch: The Poetic, Profane Brilliance of David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross'

19 October 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director James Foley’s adaptation of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was a box office flop but has gained in stature due to its remarkable cast and viciously funny set pieces. (Alec Baldwin’s "Always Be Closing" is kissing cousin to Gordon Gecko’s "Greed is Good.") The pressure cooker plot about four real estate agents fighting for their jobs in a claustrophobic Chicago office space is punctuated by Mamet’s memorably mean-spirited dialogue, which is delivered by some of the finest actors of the time, including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Spacey. Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and Lemmon was voted Best Actor by the National Board of Review. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Glengarry Glen Ross

18 October 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Director James Foley’s adaptation of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play was a box office flop but has gained in stature due to its remarkable cast and viciously funny set-pieces  (Alec Baldwin’s “Always Be Closing” is kissing cousin to Gordon Gecko’s “Greed is Good”). The pressure cooker plot about four real estate agents fighting for their jobs in a claustrophobic Chicago office space is punctuated by Mamet’s memorably mean-spirited dialogue which is delivered by some of the finest actors of the time including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and Lemmon was voted Best Actor by the National Board of Review.


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Oscar cliffhanger: Will Robert Redford finally win for acting with 'Truth'?

14 October 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Despite headlining such iconic films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), “The Way We Were” (1973) and “All the President’s Men” (1976), Robert Redford has been nominated just once at the Oscars for acting with his starring role as a conman in the 1973 Best Picture winner "The Sting"; he lost to Jack Lemmon ("Save the Tiger"). He could right that Oscar wrong this year with his portrayal of Dan Rather in "Truth," a look inside the controversial “60 Minutes” segment that eventually led to the resignation of the CBS news anchor.  -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Redford did win an Oscar for directing the 1980 Best Picture champ "Ordinary People." That domestic drama also won Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton), and Adapted Screenplay (Alvin Sargent). And he picked up two bids in 1994 for directing and produ »

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Coronado Island Film Festival to Launch Inaugural Event With 'Some Like it Hot,' Leonard Maltin and More

17 September 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Actors Turn up the Heat in 'Black Mass' Leonard Maltin will lead the Jury at the inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival, with special presentations honoring Jack Lemmon and Errol Flynn. The four-day festival will include new films, classic films, parties, panel discussions, a Movies Made in Coronado exhibit and special guest presentations. About 60 films, including juried selections of narrative features, documentaries, shorts (animated and live action) and student films, will be screened from 10am until midnight at venues throughout the village. In addition, five films by filmmakers with strong Coronado connections will be screened, with introductions and Q&As by the filmmakers.  Others jurors include: Lisa Bruce (producer, "The Theory of Everything"), who will serve as head juror for narrative films; Academy Award-winner Ira Wohl (director, "Best Boy"), who will serve as head juror for documentaries; and Jim Gallagher (Head of »

- Sonya Saepoff

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Women He’s Undressed’

16 September 2015 12:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nothing against production designer Ross Wallace, but if a documentary film needs a production designer at all, it’s a sure sign something’s afoot. Such is the case with “Women He’s Undressed,” the first film in five years from Gillian Armstrong, whose 1979 feature debut, “My Brilliant Career” was a defining moment in the Australian New Wave. An illuminating and involving portrait of the prolific, Down Under-born and Oscar-winning costume designer Orry-Kelly, whose crowning achievement was that gravity-defying gown Marilyn Monroe fills out admirably in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like it Hot,” the film overstays its welcome by punctuating his story with ill-advised dramatic fantasy sequences that are meant to illustrate the anguish of a gay man in mid-century America, but come across as heavy-handed and mean-spirited. Armchair Hollywood historians and fans of the artist’s films will be drawn to the subject, but in the end it feels »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Top Screenwriting Team from the Golden Age of Hollywood: List of Movies and Academy Award nominations

15 September 2015 5:04 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch »

- Andre Soares

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Emma Watson Infiltrates A Cult In The Colonia Trailer

14 September 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Throwing aside the idea of the damsel in distress, Emma Watson takes matters into her own hands when Daniel Brühl is snatched from her. She’s been proactive when it comes to the first trailer for new drama Colonia, too. While the video from her Facebook page isn't working for us at the moment, take a look via YouTube below. Colonia follows Costa-Gavras’s Missing (1982) in charting the brutal aftermath of the Pinochet-led coup in Chile in 1973. That film had Jack Lemmon trying to get to the bottom of his son’s disappearance; this one sees Emma Watson’s Lena doing likewise when her partner, Daniel (Daniel Brühl) is abducted by the secret police. Lena tracks him down to Colonia Dignidad, an anti-communist sect run by Michael Nyqvist’s lay preacher Paul Schäfer. There she joins the cult to find Daniel. Of course, it’s not going to be that easy… »

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Popular Disney Actor and Broadway Performer Jones Dead at 84

2 September 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »

- Andre Soares

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Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84

2 September 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat,” died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.

Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.

The actor made his Broadway debut with “There Was A Little Girl” with Jane Fonda in 1960, and would go on to star in Broadway’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” that same year, before starring »

- Alex Stedman

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Tom Cruise: A Retrospective

1 August 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.

This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »

- Christina Leo

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John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance

6 July 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director John Frankenheimer.

I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.

We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.

We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that »

- The Hollywood

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Movie Review – The Seven Year Itch (1955)

30 June 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Seven Year Itch, 1955.

Directed by Billy Wilder.

Starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell.


Married man, Sherman, has to contend with the gorgeous woman upstairs when his family are away over the summer.

That shot. A train whirrs past beneath the vent and wind blows her dress up as she struggles to hold it down. She doesn’t move away from the revealing situation and instead tells he male companion, “isn’t it delicious?”. Her white, pleated dress design and platinum blonde hair means that this is Marilyn Monroe. A crowd had gathered, between 52nd and 53rd Street in New York City. Billy Wilder is in production of The Seven Year Itch, and photographer Sam Shaw is snapping the icon of the 1950’s. This became the moment that became a 26ft tall statue by Seward Johnson in Chicago, California and New Jersey, in Forever Marilyn. It is also the unforgettable, »

- Simon Columb

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Mel Gibson: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

30 June 2015 1:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »

- The Hollywood

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Rob Zombie Selected to Bring Groucho Marx's Story to the Screen

18 June 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

So far, Rob Zombie directorial career has resulted in either terrible movies (House of 1,000 Corpses), movies that start strong than devolve into crap (2007's Halloween) or something of a mixed bag (The Devil's Rejects, The Lords of Salem). Or he makes The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a nasty little bugger of a film where you'll want to stand in the shower for nine days after watching. How, then, this qualifies him to bring Groucho Marx's life story to the screen is anyone's guess, but stranger things have happened in Hollywood. As a matter of fact, looking into the details, Zombie's involvement begins makes a little more sense. amz asin="1593936524" size="small"The biopic, based on Steve Stolair's memoir "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House", will not span the comedic actor's whole career but rather his bizarre final ones as seen from his personal secretary/archivist and young fan's perspective. »

- Will Ashton

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Rob Zombie to write and direct Groucho Marx biopic

18 June 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rockstar and horror director Rob Zombie looks to step away from his roots as he is set to write and direct a biopic based on the book Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, which details the final years of the life of legendary comedy actor Groucho Marx.

The memoirs, written by Steve Stoliar, details one fan’s journey from being a personal fan of the Marx Brother’s movies to living in Groucho’s house as his archivist and assistant. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. All of this lead of Stoliar’s hero being put to rest and his difficult further dealings with Erin Fleming, the woman in »

- Luke Owen

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Rob Zombie To Direct Groucho Marx Movie

18 June 2015 1:19 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

That’s probably the strangest title I have ever written, but yes, the twisted mind behind the likes of House of 1000 Corpses, two Halloween remakes, and Lords of Salem, Rob Zombie has gotten his hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, with an eye to direct, according to Deadline. Chronicling the last years of the legendary comedian's life, Stoliar’s book gives us a look at the time he spent as Marx’s personal secretary and archivist, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Marx’s  brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, and Jack Lemmon, while butting heads with Erin Fleming, the frustrating woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life. The script is written by Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy’s Oren Moverman. This is certainly a different movie for Zombie, »

- (Tom White)

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Rob Zombie to Direct Groucho Marx Pic Scripted by Oren Moverman

17 June 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

If that headline makes no sense to you, don't worry; I had the same reaction. Apparently Zombie and Miranda Bailey have gotten their hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar's memoir, "Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House." Deadline further reports that Zombie will direct the adaptation, which will be scripted by Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy). Stoliar, a TV writer and devout Groucho fan, spent the last few years of the comedian's life by his side as his personal secretary and archivist. During those short years, Stoliar found himself in the company of such names of renown as Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Steve Allen. On the flipside of this trip into the lives of the rich and famous was dealing with Erin Fleming, the rather frustrating woman in charge of Groucho's personal and professional life. The story »

- Dave Trumbore

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